VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday that Amy Harrison has joined the club as Girls BMO Academy Centres head coach and Girls Elite REX assistant coach.
“We are thrilled to welcome Amy, a top up-and-coming coach in our country,” said Dan Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps FC director of soccer development. “Amy’s experiences as a coach and player will be valuable for our players. We look forward to having her in Vancouver and rounding out our staff in the coming months.”
Harrison, a Canada Soccer B Licence coach, joins Whitecaps FC after most recently working as director of high performance & female programs with Winnipeg South End United and as video and opposition scouting analyst with Valour FC of the Canadian Premier League. Harrison also previously worked as a REX coach for the Manitoba Soccer Association program at the U-13 to U-17 levels, as a volunteer coach with Canada’s U-17 women’s national team, and as an assistant coach with Manitoba Blizzard, the Manitoba Canada Summer Games women’s team, and with the University of Manitoba Bisons.
As a player, the Winnipeg native captained the University of Tennessee women’s soccer team and played at the professional level with Heart of Midlothian and Rangers in Scotland. At the international level, she was a team captain for Canada at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
Harrison steps in for Maia Vink, who has returned to New Zealand to take on a new coaching opportunity.
"Maia helped grow our Girls Academy and camps to new heights, and contributed to our REX program becoming one of the best in the country," added Lenarduzzi. "We wish her the very best in her new adventure."
Registration is now open for Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Centres at whitecapsfc.com/academy/academy-centres.